Toru Dutt Toru Dutt (1856-1877) is unquestionably one of the leading Indian English writers from the nineteenth century. A poet of quality, Toru Dutt?s early death put paid to a brilliant literary career. Toru was also an accomplished translator, essayist and novelist. She authored what was perhaps the first novel in English to be written by an Indian woman (Bianca or The Spanish Maiden), as also the first novel written by an Indian in French, Le Journal de Mademoiselle D?Arvers.